It’s hard to believe another year’s passed by! 2018 certainly was a stand-out year for Cinema and Team Mr. Will true to tradition, share with you their best of 2018. If you haven’t seen some of these, it’s time to start adding to your Must-See Lists this winter!
AMANDA GILMORE (@gilmoreamanda)
It was such a great year for Film that it’s near impossible for me to choose the Top Ten. I could have easily made a Top 30 list (if it was allowed). However, I managed to squeeze in ten films, which are in alphabetical order rather than being ranked. I’ve included films from a range of genres and narratives that I’ve thought about since my first viewing.
A Star Is Born
A Quiet Place
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse
Ready Player One
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald
A Quiet Place
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Legend of the Demon Cat
Mary Poppins Returns
As usual, my list consists of movies I saw on the Silver Screen within the calendar year. They’re organized according to release date, and are thus relieved of any hierarchy. Annihilation is the dark Sci-Fi wizardry I live for; Ready Player One is my kind of Spielberg cinema; and A Quiet Place is my top scare of 2018. Solo gave me more Star Wars; Demon Cat made this year’s TIFF magical; and First Man is the brand of brooding Drama I adore. Fantastic Beasts 2 is dope AF; Green Book is a beautiful performance piece; and Spider-Man is the Comic Movie I’ve been waiting forever for. To wrap it all up… Mary Poppins Returns! She has, and it warms my heart.
DAVID BALDWIN (@DaveMABaldwin)
2018 was an incredible year for Cinema. Full stop. If anyone tells you otherwise, they did not see enough movies. Every genre fired on all cylinders, and the mid-budget and independent scenes were filled with positively exquisite Filmmaking that will go down as some of the best of the decade. And even better than that, 2018 proved the power and importance of diversity and gender in Cinema. The number of movies I genuinely liked and loved that missed my Top Ten can attest to how outstanding a year this was. But I can say with confidence that the list of films below shook me right through to my bones whether through fear, laughter, wonder, charm, thrills, or genuine emotion. And yes, I know I cheated with including a tie — but it would be a disservice to not include all of these titles on my list.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The Hate U Give
[tie] Can You Ever Forgive Me? / Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
GEORGE KOZERA (@PartyG)
I saw 164 movies this year. It took a long time to whittle the list down to 26 movies that I considered to be the best of 2018. This was a year that brought fantastic highs that had me gasping with wonder and admiration or so bad that they had me rolling my eyes in disbelief! Whether it was one of the most original Horror movies in a long time (A Quiet Place) or a Superhero, Comic Book movie so innovative and supremely well-acted that it validated a genre many were hoping would just go away (Black Panther). It was a banner year for documentary features, musicals and an LGBTQ movie was released for the first time ever by a major Hollywood studio (Love, Simon). Dramas were rampant with stories that touched one’s soul, though there was a lack of Comedies that were consistently funny throughout (with the exception of “Game Night”). All that said, I submit my pick for the best film of the year and the next nine movies (in alphabetical order) that moved, enthralled and will stay with me for years to come.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Lean on Pete
Leave No Trace
Mary Poppins Returns
Three Identical Strangers
JUSTIN WALDMAN (@DubsReviews)
It is time for the annual Top Ten movies I saw that I absolutely adored and loved this year. Some are best of the year, while others are the movies I had the most fun watching this year. There have been some truly incredible movies this year, and dare I say the ‘blockbusters’ for the most part have been fine, nothing really spectacular outside of a few gems. If you haven’t seen something on this list, go out and see it. Most of these movies will appeal to the masses, enjoy yourselves. Here’s to a 2019 with some hot titles coming out over the next few weeks, Glass anyone, and next few months, US am I right? 2019 is sure to be a stellar year
Anna and the Apocalypse
A Quiet Place
Sorry to Bother You
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
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THE PREDATOR, hot off its TIFF ’18 debut last week, preys upon the competition and devours them to the tune of $24.7 million from 4,037 theatres at the Box Office this weekend, taking top spot for 20th Century Fox. It gets 34% on the Tomatometer and a C+ CinemaScore.
In second is last week’s champ THE NUN, which takes $19 million in its second week for Warner Bros. The latest in the bankable Conjuring Franchise has a two week tally of $86 million domestically.
Debuting in third is A SIMPLE FAVOR, Director Paul Feig‘s first foray into Thrillers. It opens with $16 million from 3,102 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films with 82% on the Tomatometer and also a B+ CinemaScore.
Another TIFF ’18 selection, WHITE BOY RICK opens in fourth with $9.3 million from 2,504 theatres for Sony Pictures. It gets 63% on the Tomatometer and B CinemaScore.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT with $2.3 million for Paramount Pictures. It tallies approximately $215 million in its North American run to date.
It’s a new era! With audiences embracing inclusion and diversity more and more, CRAZY RICH ASIANS is the Movie of the Now, taking the top of the Box Office with $21.6 million from 3,384 theatres for Warner Bros. Not only are Critics in love with the Kevin Kwan Bestseller Adaptation, it gets an A CinemaScore from Audiences which should be enough to propel it in coming weeks with word of mouth. Directed by Jon M. Chu, it opened Wednesday night, for a total $31 million over five days.
THE MEG continues to take a bit at the competition in second with $20 million from 4,118 theatres making it a Warner Bros. Top-Two. Over two weeks the shark Action-Thriller has made $82.6 million.
In third is MILE 22 with $14.3 million from 3,250 theatres for STX Entertainment/VVS Films. The fourth collaboration between Director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg, gets 20% on the Tomatometer and a B- CinemaScore.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT is in fourth with $10.9 million for Paramount Pictures, a total $181 million over four weeks.
ALPHA debuts in sixth with $9.4 million from 2,719 theatres for Sony Pictures. The story about the first friendship between man and wolf, gets 84% on the Tomatometer and a B+ CinemaScore.
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN is in ninth with $3.5 million for Universal Pictures in in its fifth a week, a tally of $111.3 million made domestically.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION gets $3.4 million for Sony Pictures, a total $153 million over six weeks.
For a second straight week, we see MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT do the possible, taking the top of the Box Office once again with $34 million from 4,395 theatres for Paramount Pictures. Over two weeks, it has grossed $123.2 million in North America.
Debuting in second with $26.2 million is Disney‘s CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, which is by no means a disgrace. Playing in 3,602 theatres, the Film starring Ewan McGregor gets 67% on the Tomatometer and an A CinemaScore.
In third is the Comedy THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME with $12.8 million earned from 3,111 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, in its debut. Starring Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis, it gets 38% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN is in fourth, edging its way closer to $100 million. It garners $8.9 million in its third week out for Universal Pictures, a total of $91.1 million.
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES rounds-out the Top Ten with $4.6 million in its second week out for Warner Bros. It has made $20.5 million thus far domestically.
He just keeps getting better! Tom Cruise is still at the top game 37 years after his acting debut and this weekend he celebrates a Franchise best for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT! This sixth installment in the Series opens with $60 million from 4,386 theatres, a stellar 97% on the Tomatometer and an A CinemaScore for Paramount Pictures. Star Simon Pegg was in Toronto this week and in case you missed his amazing shoutout to us at the Canadian Premiere of Fallout, check it out here!
In second is MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN with $15.3 million from 3,514 theatres for Universal Pictures, a two week tally of $70.7 million after a debut in second last weekend.
EQUALIZER 2 lands in third this weekend with $13.6 million for Sony Pictures, a two week total of $68.2 million. Denzel Washington definitely still has got it!
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES opens in fifth with $10.7 million for Warner Bros. from 3,188 theatres. It gets an excellent 89% on the Tomatometer and a B+ CinemaScore from Audiences.
THE FIRST PURGE rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.7 million for Blumhouse Productions/Universal Pictures, a four-week total of $10.1 million.
Toronto rolled-out the Red Carpet for English Funnyman Simon Pegg. The star known best for the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and TheWorld’s End) has heightened his profile with prolific roles in the Star Trek and Mission Impossible Franchises.
While Pegg has visited prior for the Toronto International Film Festival, he came to promote Mission Impossible: Fallout, in which he reprises the role of Benji Dunn. He did various outlets including CITY‘s Breakfast Television, in addition to walking the Red Carpet for the Film at Scotiabank Theatre.
Hosted by eTalk‘s Devon Soltendieck, Pegg introduced the Film to a lucky audience and you’ll never guess what happened! Pegg publicly professed his love for us “Oh, I can’t get enough of the guy!” when asked if he was a fan of ours!
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Toronto Screening is Monday, July 23rd, Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Time: 7:00pm
Ottawa Screening is Monday, July 23rd, Cineplex Scotiabank Ottawa, Time: 7:00pm
The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
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Paramount Pictures Canada release MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUTFriday, July 27, 2018.